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Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government

by Gary Gerstle,
Tulsa World, March 13, 2016

Former United States Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, D-S.C., often reminded his constituents of the man who went to college on the GI Bill; got electricity from the TVA; bought a home, started a business and sent his kids to school with government-backed loans; drove to work on the Interstate; received Social Security and Medicare payments; took an Amtrak to Washington, D.C., when floods hit to apply for disaster relief, and spent some time in Smithsonian museums. Then one day he wrote a letter to his congressman: “Get the government off my back,” he exclaimed. “I’m tired of paying for all those programs created for ungrateful people.”


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